Antonis Karras, a historic and founding member of PASOK, passed away after a brief hospitalization on Tuesday.
Karras was an emblematic personality who claimed no share in power.
Antonis Karras was a close friend of Andreas Papandreou, Melina Mercouri and Kostas Laliotis. He was a parliamentary candidate in the first administrative district of Athens, and was briefly appointed as second in command in IKA. Ideologically, Antonis Karras was an internationalist and supported the Kurdish movement.
In December 2008, Antonis Karras was at the forefront of protesters after the murder of the 15-year old Alexis Grigoropoulos. The photograph of his bloody hand holding a red envelope with background shields of the police, gave the photographer Yannis Kolesidis the second prize in international photography contest World Press Photo in the
category “People in the News.”
“Antonis Karras identified his life with the struggles of the party and the development of PASOK,” stated Mr. Evangelos Venizelos and added: “He was a selfless man, dedicated to the collective effort, always ready for action within the society, brilliant scientist who has always worked in the name of public interest, Antonis Karras was an emblematic figure of the Democratic wing.”
“We say goodbye to Anthony’s anti-junta resistance, his democratic and social struggles, and also to the fighter with social sensitivity” states, the Central Committee of SYRIZA.
“I express my deep sorrow for the death of Antonis Karras, a historic member of PASOK” said Mr. Kouvelis, noting that “he fought for the ideas of democracy and socialism. Throughout his journey he was at the forefront of the struggle to defend the social and labor rights.”